“X-Men: Days of Future Past” actress Fan Bingbing is reportedly in custody after accusations of evading taxes in her native China.
Fans had been concerned about the whereabouts of the 36-year-old actress/pop star and her boyfriend, actor Li Chen, as neither has reportedly been seen in public since July 1. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Bingbing has also apparently vanished from social media in recent months.
According to BBC News, rumours have swirled ever since Chinese authorities revealed that Bingbing — one of China’s most popular and highest-paid performers — was being investigated for tax evasion.
Reports emerged that Chinese authorities suspected Bingbing of using “yin-yang contracts” to evade taxes, a common practice in China in which an actor is paid one sum while a bogus contract is created — listing a substantially lower sum — that is presented to the government for tax purposes.